(Not looking for an actual fight, just a fun debate. And no, I'm not British.) Rock and Roll is a distillation of blues, jazz, and country music. All of which are American inventions. But I maintain that once this invention found it's way overseas, it was brought to fruition by the British. Look at the list of bands that came out of England in the 60s and 70s: The Beatles The Who The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin Pink Floyd Black Sabbath This is basically the top of every "Greatest Rock Bands of All Time" list ever compiled. America has given the world tons of great rock music, but most all of them have pretty much patterned themselves in some way by the above mentioned bands. It wasn't until the 70s and 80s that Americans finally either rose to their level or took things into a different direction entirely. Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen...arguably two of the greatest electric guitar players who ever lived were both American, but Jimi had to go to England to break big, and was brought to America at the suggestion of Paul McCartney. Eddie regularly cites Eric Clapton as his biggest influence. Even from a gear standpoint the UK is dominant. Fender may have pioneered the concept of the high wattage electric guitar amplifier, but Marshall created the first large scale, purpose-built guitar amplification systems. Rock and Roll as we know it would never have existed without the Marshall stack. Orange and Hiwatt aren't far behind. So yeah....Game, set, match, Great Britain.